The hidden hazards lurking around your home

The hidden hazards lurking around your home


Posted 12th October

If you had to pick one place where you would expect to feel safe, many people would probably pick their home.

However, that feeling could be set to change after this, as it was revealed there are many hidden dangers lurking in our homes - and they could be having some unpleasant side-effects.

For instance, take the bedroom. It's commonly viewed as a place of relaxation, somewhere to unwind and catch up on some much-needed shut eye.

Yet it’s actually one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. This is because your bedding is home to dead skin cells, dust mite faeces and the fungi aspergillus furnigatus, which can cause respiratory issues and flu.

Your innocent looking sofa could also be concealing the chemical formaldehyde - this provokes allergy-like reactions, including burning eyes, wheezing and skin irritation. Long term exposure to this can also cause cancer.

Our fridge is not much better - the salad drawers can harbour 750 times the level of bacteria that's viewed as safe, with up to 7,850 bacteria colony-forming units per square centimetre.

Bathroom flannels are a particularly murky item to have lying around too, contaminated with some 747 million bacteria on average - our kitchen cloths are even worse, normally concealing around 19.6 billion.

There's more too - shower heads are breeding grounds for non-tuberculosis mycobacteria which can result in pulmonary infections and infect the lungs. Even the solvents on your painted walls can be toxic, causing dizziness, headaches, and, if inhaled, severe respiratory issues too.

Other dangerous toxins lurking around the home include:

Salmonella

Found in carpets, toilets and fridges, this leads to fever, diarrhoea, cramping and headaches.

Staphylococcus

This bacteria pervades your bathroom surfaces and toothbrush holder, resulting in gastrointestinal viruses, cellulitis and toxic shock syndrome.

Coliform

Hiding on your cutting boards and kitchen sink, this causes severe lung, nervous system, and liver infections for those who have weakened immune systems.

You can find out more about the dangers of your home by visiting Is Your Home Killing You here.






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